I just discovered the best speed dial extension for Chrome. Up till now I wasn’t entirely happy with any of the speed dial apps I’ve seen. Many of them are what amount to extension spam – a variation of app spam in the Google Play store, plugin spam in WordPress, or search engine spam in Google – the bane of the modern world. (Thanks Google for unleashing all this sleazebag shit upon the world. I don’t think this grubby shit is what was meant by “bazaar” in the concept of the cathedral vs the bazaar.)
To find this extension I went searching on Github which is a repository for Open Source projects. The fact that a program, app, plugin, or extension is even on Github is already a good sign that its clean and designed by well-intentioned people.
This amazing extension, called Simple Speed Dial can be installed in the following way:
First go to the Simple Speed Dial Github project page linked above and click on the green button Clone or download. Choose the Download ZIP option. Once its downloaded to your system, extract the zip file using 7-zip or any other unzip utility.
Now in Chrome select the menu -> Settings -> Extensions. At the the top check the box to enable Developer mode. That will show a couple buttons at the top of the page. Select the button Load unpacked extension… and navigate to the directory of the extracted zip archive that was created above and press OK.
There’s too much going on with my new VR to write about it all. Today I’m downloading a bunch of free games and apps including VR museums and many other things that seem interesting. I also tested Samsung Milk VR and saw the beginning of an amazing VR documentary about people in Nepal. Its like you’re standing right there in these villages in Nepal. Amazing.
I also found a *really* fun game: VRAsteroids! Basically its like taking traditional Asteroids to a totally new level where the asteroids are coming at you from 3 dimensions. The graphics are good and its fun. Also no motion sickness whatsoever.
Another thing I loved was this short VR experience-type adventure called Colosse. Its basically a short-story in a VR world. Its the kind of thing I imagined would be a cool use of VR and it is. I can see people getting into designing a lot more really cool VR spaces/adventures like this.
Another one I tried today was VR Orchestra – again a somewhat brief but cool experience where you are actually present in VR with an orchestra.
Had another overheating issue again today with the Note 4. Did some more researching and it looks like the way to solve it is to order a 3D print of a custom cover which can be fitted with a cooling fan to provide active cooling. Here is an example.
At this point I can say that getting a Gear VR is definitely worth it and I can recommend it to anyone who wants to try new experiences.
This is an update on my VR experience. The last time I wrote I was feeling somewhat nauseous but a lot of that had to do with my trying to experiment with things like trying to use Google Cardboard apps with the Gear VR. I also wrote that Land’s End gave me motion sickness.
After taking a break for a few days, I used the Gear VR again and the experience was mostly good. I did try Land’s End again and yes, I am unfortunately prone to get motion sick from it, but I noticed that mostly the sickness occurs right at the end of movements. In the game you change position in successive movements, where its like you are automatically moved from one point to another.
I noticed today that throughout much of the movement I do not feel motion sick, but for some reason right near the end of each movement is when I tend to feel sick. I think it has to do with the fact that the rate of movement seems constant for the duration of the move. It would be better if it slowed down – decelerated – near the end. I don’t know why but this is what seems to be the case.
If I just close my eyes for the few seconds near the end of each move sequence it tends to help a lot.
I’m still waiting for support on whether it will be possible to get Darknet to work. I also noticed another app is crashing today.
Although the focus is not perfect, it seems like I can live with it. I keep the lenses as clean as possible and keep the headset adjusted properly. I notice that my point where the headset is correctly focused is right near the end of how far the dial turns, which concerns me.
All in all I am happy to have the Gear VR and know it is something I will continue to use and enjoy in the future.
This is little prelude BWV 999 played on lute. Have been working on this piece on keyboard for a while. Technically not very difficult but just a lot of notes to memorize.
I like this interpretation which is much slower than many others. Its nice to dwell in the chords and not rush through them.
One thing that kind of annoyed me when initially learning it was that the arpeggiation of the chords was fully written out in the score I have. As you can hear, its basically the same pattern of arpeggiation throughout the piece, so its not really necessary to completely write out each arpeggiated note for the entire piece. In fact its easier to play and learn if it is not.
This is a piece where slight nuances of articulation on keyboard can make a big difference in how it feels.
Starting to study this piece. The left hand is very challenging. The emotion this piece instills is very profound. For me it is complete and necessary.
By complete I mean that it is able to completely fulfill me. I need nothing else. By necessary I mean that I need it as part of my life, as part of the music that I listen to. (It is not exclusive because yes I can and do listen to other music.)
I realize though that music created by others who do not have this inspiration or something very similar to it leaves me feeling empty. I’ve had way too many empty musical experiences in my life unfortunately, and there’s way too much empty music in general and the trend is in the wrong direction (not surprisingly like so many other things). In a sense this world is really lost.
I was looking for a guitar version of this e-flat major praeludium and the only one I saw was terrible. But I did find this guitar version of the e major praeludium for violin solo by Bach which also exists as the sinfonia for his cantata “Wir danken dir” (which is a majestic, beautiful organ piece):
As a woman I want to write that this is one of the biggest turn on’s – not like so many pretentious “dude” idiots with tight abs who are totally full of themselves (and full of crap) – but a man like this, so immersed in the process of creation and devotion to music, where you can see the joy and ecstasy in his expression as he plays.
You know what’s interesting? In this video notice spread out along the table the tubs of a product. If you look carefully you will see that the labels read Red Supremefood and Green Supremefood.
What’s notable about this is that my stomach was not feeling good again today. My appetite was low. I went the entire day with eating only some fruit but had no appetite for anything else. I also had food poisoning about a week ago and perhaps my system is still a bit sensitive from that.
I was feeling really, really drained much of the day. I knew that my body probably needed nourishment, but I didn’t know what to give it. Nothing appealed to me.
Then something came to me, sort of like a flash. I remembered that I had these packets of superfood powder mix that I got at the health food store a while back. They have been sitting in my kitchen for a while and even though I had gotten them I never used them. Until earlier. I was so overjoyed when I remembered them!
I had two packets: Green Superfood and Raw Reserve, made by a company named Amazing Grass. First I had the packet of Green Superfood and, feeling so good after drinking it, I immediately used the second packet of Raw Reserve. Both of them I mixed with some organic unsweetened soymilk and some Mango Cogo juice.
I was so uplifted by this I even told myself that I have to go get some more as soon as possible because its a lifesaver.
The two miracle packets that really saved me when I was feeling de-energized.
Then, just a short while ago, I came across the above video on YouTube and was curious about the tubs of product on the tables which turned out to be Red and Green Supremefood.
What Donald Trump is doing is revolutionary. I believe that there is a reason why everything has happened the way it did. I believe that Donald Trump was given so much wealth so that, one day, his heart would be so deeply moved out of concern and deep love for his country – our country – that he would make the sacrifice to run for President to fix our country and make it great again during a time when our democracy was so broken that it would not otherwise be possible for someone not beholden to the oligarchy to do so.
I recommend watching the 6/15/2016 campaign rally in Atlanta. This is about saving America and I believe it may also have a major impact on the world. America needs a strong, honest, clear-spoken leader, not another weasel who is a shill for the oligarchy.
Above: The Dwight Eisenhower speech to our troops on D-Day which is mentioned in the prophecy.
Impoverishment has reached shocking levels across the United States. The city I live was ranked in the top ten worst cities in the world in terms of homelessness, although I’m not sure of the actual verifiable source for it (it was a YouTube video). Still, there’s no doubt that it is one of the worst regardless of its exact ranking.
I think there is a way to solve the problem. I don’t know of any other way to preface this so let me just try to spill it all out as best I can. Sorry if this is not the most elegant exposition. Its 04:21 in the morning.
The basic idea is to create, in the heart of cities, the best vocational/technical schools in the world. Instead of homeless people living on streets, in shelters, or in sub-standard housing, they will live in dormitory-style housing on campus. Their lives will be centered around learning.
I envision these vocational schools to be extensions of already existing community college systems. But one difference is that they will be on a greater scale.
The way I see it, we as a society spend billions of dollars on new developments all the time. when it comes to some new development project downtown, there’s no shortage of people with money wanting to invest.
But then, when it comes to community colleges, they tend to always be operating with fixed budgets and limited resources. That entire thinking needs to fundamentally change. Education needs to be seen as the most important thing in society.
People living in the dormitories will be expected to adhere to a basic, strict code of conduct. There will be little if any tolerance for failure to adhere to the code of conduct.
For people who do adhere, conditions will be good. It will be designed for people to want to take the right path. But for people who do not want to take the right path there must be no tolerance. This will have to dovetail with community policies, such as law enforcement policies, which also have no tolerance for such behaviors. It is critically important to set up a distinction between healthy conduct and unhealthy conduct.
A second, major part of this dovetails with the platform of US Presidential candidate Donald Trump, who intends to bring jobs back to the United States and to create many of the types of jobs which the United States used to have in abundance years ago: Manufacturing jobs.
All I can say is, if Hilary Clinton becomes President, we can expect to see more people smoking crack and doing meth and many more Jamba Juice-type jobs which might be appropriate as part-time afterschool jobs for kids, but are not real jobs that should comprise the bread-and-butter of the American economy.
We need to start making the things we use, not expecting other countries – most notably China – to make them all. The devices we rely on every day, all the technologies around us – there’s no excuse for us not to be designing and manufacturing such things here with our own hands.
I highly recommend watching Donald Trump’s June 15, 2016 campaign rally in Atlanta. This is Donald Trump at his peak. This is the fruition of his months and months of running for President, speaking as the Republican candidate for the office of President of the United States.
I ordered a used Gear VR model compatible with the Note 4 which arrived today. After spending an evening messing around with it:
Headache: My overall aftertaste is that I have a headache.
Blurriness: It seems like no matter how well I try to focus it, there is always at least some part of the field of vision that is blurry. And that messes with the eyes. That is probably the most abrasive part of the actual VR immersion experience that still has to be worked out.
Darknet won’t run: Darknet, which is supposed to be one of the coolest games for the Gear VR, would not run. However when you are installing it you can view something like a preview space of what the Darknet VR world looks like and it looks really cool. I contacted Oculus for support.
Land’s End: Massive motion sickness. Unfortunately the game Land’s End, which is considered one of the best Gear VR games, is not one I can take. You start out in a really cool landscape which you then “walk” through, however each time you move from one location to the next – OMG the motion sickness is so bad with me! Its too bad but I’ve always been unable to play many video games and even watch a lot of videos because of this.
Locked into the Oculus store: I thought there would be more openness. But basically when you put the phone into the headset it automatically launches the Oculus app and you are locked into it more or less. I did find one app that is supposed to let you use Google Cardboard apps with the Gear VR. It kind of works but kind of doesn’t. For one “app” I tried called Tokyo VR it did work, but the movement inside the VR Tokyo world was way too jerky and headache-inducing. I tried the Cardboard 3D video app which just takes you to YouTube videos that are supposed to be 3D but it doesn’t work right. Another app I wanted to use which lets you view the solar system and planets also did not work.
This to me is a serious sign. Already at this early state there are all these incompatibilities and splits between companies and devices. I think that’s really messed. It would be nice if there were one, decent, third-party, independent master app for the Gear VR which did a decent job of curating out the garbage stuff and including the good stuff.
Watching movies: In the Oculus theater app I watched parts of movies which I would have thought would be cool watching in a 3D environment. Basically though its just like watching them on a really big screen which, yes, is more immersive but also – at least for a person like me – also potentially motion-sickness/headache-inducing. Also, the fact that the pixels are visible definitely retracts from the enjoyment of watching movies which you are probably used to watching in high resolution on a regular display. And then there is the peripheral blurriness which is a show-stopper. Even slight blurriness in a video is unacceptable.
There are a couple other things I will be trying tomorrow. Or I might even take a break from it tomorrow because I feel like I don’t even want to put the headset on for a while. I have a feeling of nausea.
My overall impression at this point is that I think its really going to be at least a couple more years before I think it might really be something most people would want to get. Now I think people get them because its cool or whatever. People are curious like me. But I’ve already exhausted a lot of my curiosity.
Am watching the extremely intense documentary about the Korean War called Fire & Ice. America got its ass kicked mostly through its own fault – initially rushing in without being prepared, and having sloppy strategy which often left advancing troops wide open to being picked off by enemy troops in the hills.
One problem seemed to be that people weren’t thinking outside of the box. If your only path forward to advance is along a winding, mountainous road surrounded by hills, it would seem kind of clear that you would have to have troops up on those hills, advancing alongside the equipment and troops coming up the road, to protect against ambush.
One notable commander was Major General O.P. Smith who, even though he had been ordered to advance into potentially dangerous territory as fast as he could, deliberately went slow and protected his troops. He did this apparently to the point of insubordination. But it turned out that he was right – there were 180,000 Chinese troops waiting to attack them ahead – something totally missed by CIA intel.
Fire & Ice is not easy for me to watch. Most war documentaries aren’t easy to watch. Its not so much entertainment as being informed about things in the past – many of which were extremely horrible things. But, in watching this documentary I am so extremely moved by so many of these men telling their stories, people who truly are heroes and committed to our country.
And this really makes me think about the America of right now. Because where are the men like that? Aren’t younger people now only concerned with self-gratification, with partying and making a lot of money? Do people even care about our country like that any more? Are our best and brightest the kind of people who are willing to study and dedicate themselves to military science or are they the type of people who would be ready to sell out or rip off their brothers and sisters for the sake of profit?
What kind of country is America anymore? I seriously question whether a country where its people are not motivated by love of their country and of their fellow man has any kind of future. And I can say that I’ve seen what seems like the worst of it. So many spoiled, gross, greedy brats with petty views of the world. It seems like the time of greatness has ended and we are in this sick world of perpetual conflict caused by grave folly and incessant greed.